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Belfast plans to mark 75th anniversary of Blitz

By Rebecca Black

Air raid sirens could sound over Belfast for the first time in more than 70 years as part of plans to remember those killed in the Blitz.

More than a thousand people died during April and May 1941 when the Luftwaffe attacked military and manufacturing targets across Belfast.

Bombing targets included the shipyard, Shorts aircraft manufacturers, Mackies and linen works.

The worst of the bombing took place in the north of the city where thousands were left homeless.

Belfast City Council has agreed a number of plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz next April.

Wall plaques will be used to map 15 key sites where the bombs hit and a memorial monument is being planned for the grounds of City Hall.

Scoping exercises are currently taking place to consider the scale of the monument. The cenotaph area is being considered as the location with a report containing a number of options in terms of size and budget yet to be finalised.

Further plans being considered include projecting a search light on to the Belfast skyline and sounding air raid sirens. A series of events is also being planned including a remembrance service at St Anne's Cathedral - which itself narrowly escaped being badly damaged during the Blitz. There will also be Blitz Ceiles at the Ulster Hall, an illuminating project on the Big Screen, special walks, tours of Milltown and the City cemeteries and literary lunchtimes.

Consideration is also being given to an event in the grounds of City Hall on Friday April 15 - the anniversary of the worst night of bombing at Easter when 900 people died and 1,500 were injured.

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